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on the need to reduce the deficit in a balanced way that will help the economy grow, amongst democrats on the hill, and, a few republicans, the barrier to progress here is not the president. we need to see more republicans and congress -- in congress willing to compromise, even on revenues. >> chris: they say they need to see the president willing to compromise on spending cuts and entitlement reform. >> let's look at what we offered speaker boehner. it is public. $400 billion in health care savings we offered, and $200 billion of additional cuts in domestic spending and a trillion dollars in savings and look at where we started the negotiated process and the speaker, we went more than halfway. >> chris: is the president still willing to adjust the cost of living increase for entitlements, is he still willing to raise the eligibility age for medicare? are those still on the table? >> i will not talk about specifics that may be in the package. it is will report in the discussions with speaker boehner we were willing to entertain the cost of living adjustment. but, the overall package, w
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to implement what they told the voters they would focus on. he was going to focus on the economy. he didn't talk about gun control when controlled congress in 2009 and 2010 they didn't reinstate the assault ban. >> chris: but we did have newtown. >> we did have newtown but one incident does not tell you what policy should be and in any case as everyone pointed out a million times the particular things proposed would have is nothing to do with newtown. hot a single proposal on their menu that would have stopped mr. lanza from buying the guns and having the guns apparently. there would have been a registry in which people would have known she had the gun. would that have helped? >> chris: i was astonished to learn during the 2012 campaign the nra contributed $20 million to various candidates and the gun control groups $4,000 and that more than 50% of the people on capitol hill have an a rating from the nra. do you see any movement on this issue? >> it is a very difficult heavy lift, chris. you think back to when bill clinton tried this in 1993. he had a large major etan of democrats in the